Some people are scared of terrorists, gangs and psychopathic killers. But Gersh Kuntzman of the New York Daily News seems to be far more frightened of his own actions, as the writer, who fired an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle for the first time at a gun range in Philadelphia for a Daily News story, seemed traumatized, saying he was “terrified” by the experience.
Kuntzman fired the AR-15 because he said he wanted to “better understand the firepower of military-style assault weapons and, hopefully, explain their appeal to gun lovers” in the wake of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 people dead and 53 injured.
After firing the AR-15, Kuntzman said the gun “felt to me like a bazooka — and sounded like a cannon.”
The writer, who claims to have fired handguns before, said the AR-15’s “explosion of firepower” scared the daylights out of him. He added that the noise from the shot was “humbling and deafening (even with ear protection).”
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Kuntzman also had complaints about the gun physically hurting him, saying, “The recoil bruised my shoulder, the brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary case of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.”
Ironically, Kuntzman fired shots using the “horrifying” AR-15 to get into the head of gun owners after the Orlando attack, but despite many erroneous media reports, police say that shooter, Omar Mateen, did not use an AR-15. Instead, Mateen fired a semi-automatic Sig Sauer MCX carbine.
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h/t: The Blaze